Kansas City Chiefs Will Beat the Houston Texans as a Team

John BartramCorrespondent IIOctober 14, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Running back Ryan Matthews #24 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball during the 1st quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 13, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe are not playing the Texans by themselves.  It only seems that way, since they seem to be responsible for all things negative.

On Sunday, however, the Kansas City Chiefs will line up as a team and play the Houston Texans.  It will be a team effort that brings them back to Arrowhead with a 4-1 record.

Certainly with the beat down Houston took by the Giants there is a lot of talk there as well.  Especially after losing to the Cowboys.  Houston came flying out of the gate beating the Colts which has been their mission in life.  They followed that with an indescribable win at Washington.

Then came the loss to Dallas, at home.  They got back on track, sort of, by beating the Raiders. We know that doesn't really count so let's throw that one out.  Then they got absolutely hammered by the Giants.

The difference is the media and fans are not focusing on any specific player.  They are more concerned about different aspects of the team as a whole.

Whether they won or lost, they have yet to give up less than 24 points.  That has earned them the 31st ranked defense in the league. 

The challenge for the Chiefs is how that is broken up.  They are dead last in passing defense and 5th against the run.  So, here we go again with Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe.

While I agree that both need to play better, and have been quite vocal about it, that's not how they got to 3-1.  They have done it with their running backs, special teams, a remarkable turn around in their defense and some timely pass plays.

That is how they will beat the Texans.  Once again, for the fifth game in a row, the Chiefs are the underdog.  Once again, for the fifth time in a row, I believe they are the superior team.  They have faced two teams with quarterbacks, the Colts and Chargers that are good enough to overcome the deficiencies of their teams.  I believe the Chiefs overall team is better than both.

Houston may be the best team the Chiefs have yet to face.  They certainly have tremendous skill players.  Matt Schaub is an excellent quarterback and he is complimented by Andre Johnson, one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.

Arian Foster, remarkably is leading the league in rushing.  I say that because he had 25 yards on 11 carries against the Giants.  Of course having over 260 yards in the first game helps.  There is some similar talk in Houston about not using Foster enough, like there is in Kansas City with Jamal Charles.

Mario Williams is a beast on defense and has five sacks.  Bernard Pollard leads the league in tackles.  I know that's hard for many Chief fans. 

I believe Houston is a very good team, but not a great one.  I think the first game of the season against the Colts was something they had penciled in from day one.  Since that game, they have been average, or below.

I see nothing about them that should scare the Chiefs.  Yes, Matt Cassel needs to take some shots down the field, and Dwayne Bowe needs to catch them.  Tony Moeaki needs to be more involved and the defense needs to keep doing what it's been doing.  It goes without saying they need to commit to the run.

Todd Haley should stay aggressive.  Charlie Weis should continue to have some creative plays in the book, but not crazy.  My suggestion would be when you're going for two yards on fourth down, don't throw 20 yards into triple coverage in the end zone.  Call me crazy, but there are probably a hundred plays that could have kept the Colts off balance for two yards.

The Chiefs will continue to get better.  Everyone agreed these two games were the most difficult on their schedule.

The Kansas City Chiefs are becoming an excellent football team. They won 10 games in three years and sometimes it seems people want the change overnight, and without fault.  That is systemic of society in general, politics, sports, the weather, in virtually everything.

I am looking forward to seeing the Chiefs play the Texans on Sunday.